The driveway is the first thing everyone sees when they visit your house or even pass by it. How the driveway looks says something about you as a person. That’s why it is so important to keep the driveway clean.
Fortunately, thanks to The Pressure Cleaning Guys, removing ugly stains and sealing the driveway is no longer a chore!
Driveway Cleaning 101
Oil is one of the most common types of stains on driveways. If anything, it is also one of those stains that quickly penetrate through the surface, making it near impossible to remove. However, the more oil stains you have, the darker the pavement will look, which isn’t desirable or aesthetically pleasing for that matter.
It would help if you also considered the fact that oil tends to hold on to dust on the surface, which gives your driveway that dirty look. Furthermore, even if your car isn’t leaking oil, other cars could be, and even a few drops are enough to ruin your driveway.
Fortunately, oil stains can be prevented by using a good quality sealer which prevents the oil from penetrating the surface. Any unfortunate spills can easily be removed. Though keep in mind that hydrocarbon-based products like diesel, oils and petrol soften the sealers over time, which is why the driveway cleaning should be done ASAP.
Rust stains are common and come from three sources, i.e. trace elements in granulated fertilizer bore water and vehicles. Bore water stains are common in some areas, and the only way to prevent them is to avoid spraying water that’s rich in iron ore. Usually, this can be done by treating the water to remove iron from it. You will also want to avoid using lawn fertilizers with iron.
You can also get rust stains from vehicles. Off-road vehicles will drop mud and, with it, red dust or rust, which the wheel guards have picked up. You will also encounter this problem if water runs off a rusty vehicle.
Tyre marks are caused by rubber rubbing off on the driveway. The amount of rubber left on the driveway will vary depending on its (driveway’s) abrasiveness, the softness of the tire and the vehicle’s weight. Generally, marks are more prevalent in areas where the cars need to turn.
The best way to prevent these rubber marks is to seal the driveway and reduce abrasion.
Tyre Shine Stains
You generally don’t notice these stains until the driveway is wet. You’ll see crescent-shaped dry patches form on the driveway. The problem is the silicon-based tyre shine products, which will inevitably make it onto the driveway creating a silicone seal. The stains can be near impossible to remove. However, if your driveway is sealed, removing these stains is much easier.
Carports and driveways require using the best heavy-duty sealing product in existence. Even driving across the surface of your driveway, which is abrasive, will engrain dirt and sand into the surface.
Our advice is to invest in penetrating type sealers that will penetrate deep into the surface of the driveway, offering excellent adhesion. However, if you enjoy a driveway with a wet look finish, a solvent-based sealer may be a good choice, but it requires good preparation and application. That said, the wet look does fade away after a couple of months.
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